Watch Party

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Soccer Watch Party flyerTraditional English Breakfast and Drinks at Hibernia Irish Tavern

Newcastle Officials to Also Make Presentations at High Schools and Explore Future Cultural Exchanges While in Little Rock

LITTLE ROCK, AR. The storied rivalry between English Premier League soccer clubs Newcastle United and Sunderland is one of the most intense feuds in sports dating all the way back to 1883 –– and soccer fans are invited to experience that passion with some visiting fans from Newcastle at a special Sunday-morning watch party hosted by the Little Rock Sister Cities Commission.

Soccer fans in central Arkansas can get an authentic taste of the passion this game brings out at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 27, as the Little Rock Sister Cities Commission welcomes an official delegation from Newcastle and all the enthusiastic soccer fans in the Little Rock area for a rowdy Sunday morning.

The watch party will be held at Hibernia Irish Tavern, located at 9700 N. Rodney Parham Road in the Galleria Shopping Center. Hibernia is opening its doors for this special event at 8 a.m., and the kitchen will be serving up a traditional English breakfast with drink pairings.

The event is free to attend, and 50/50 raffles will help raise funds benefiting the Little Rock Sister Cities Commission Foundation.

Newcastle, a city in northeast England, is designated as a friendship city with Little Rock, and a group from Newcastle that includes the current and former lord mayors will be on hand at Hibernia to cheer on their home team in this important game.

The Sunderland Black Cats feature Jozy Altidore, one of the top players on the U.S. men’s national team that recently qualified for the upcoming World Cup this summer in Brazil.

Newcastle and Sunderland are only 10 miles apart, and if any Sunderland or other rival Premier League fans show up to support their team, the atmosphere at Hibernia could get wild on an otherwise quiet Sunday morning.

The watch party at Hibernia is one of many stops for the Newcastle delegation while it is visiting Little Rock on Oct. 25-31. During the visit, the delegation’s time will focus on high-school education, university athletic exchange, artistic partnerships, and workforce development for at-risk youth.

Other highlighted activities for the Newcastle delegation include:

  • Current and former lord mayors will make presentations on “The Role of the Lord Mayor: British System of Governance” to four area high schools. They will guide students through the structure and style of British politics.
  • Visits with area cultural institutions such as the Rep to explore exhibition or performance exchanges.

For more information, contact Bryan Barnhouse at 870-395-0656 or